School of Arts and Education


Degree: Associate of Arts in Teaching 

(Leading to Initial Texas Teacher Certification* Multiple Levels (includes EC-6, 4-8, EC-12*, and Special Education)

The Associate of Arts in Teaching degree is designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree and teacher certification. Students working toward the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree will complete essential core requirements and participate in classroom field experiences to gain both theoretical and practical knowledge.

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Career Outlook

In the deep east Texas region, the median annual salary range for a certified elementary teacher is more than $49,000*.

*National Center for O*Net Development. Retrieved September 2023 from

Why AC for Teaching?

Hands-On Classroom Experience

Students accumulate invaluable experience through classroom observation hours, contact hours, and engaging in interactions and interviews with teachers. Upon completion of the program, they will depart with a comprehensive Professional Portfolio.

Transfer to University

The Associate of Arts in Teaching degree is designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree and teacher certification. Formal Transfer Agreements are held with universities including Stephen F. Austin State University and Sam Houston State University.

Networking Opportunities

Students are encouraged to join professional organizations, attend educator job fairs, and take advantage of other opportunities including Region 7 trainings, and events at Texas school districts, charter schools, and private schools.

Attending Angelina College set the foundation for my teaching career. Throughout my college experience here, I was exposed to challenging coursework and hands-on learning experiences that equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in my teaching career. The supportive community of professors, mentors, and peers encouraged me to push beyond my comfort zone, pursue my passions, and strive for excellence. Overall, my college experience at Angelina College played a vital role in preparing me for the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead on my road to a degree in Education.

Keeli Shae Erwin Teacher and Angelina College Alumni


Earn a Bachelor of Science

ACcess SFA Program with Angelina College
SFA’s Department of Education Studies within the James I. Perkins College of Education offers the ACcess SFA program — a unique distance education program that allows a student to expand on their Angelina College degree to eventually earn a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from SFA.
Through the program, students who earn an Associate of Arts in Teaching from Angelina College will enroll in SFA courses taught online or on the Angelina College campus to eventually earn a BSIS from SFA. This program will also prepare students to sit for the Texas teaching certification exams.
Visit the program webpage for details.

Recommended Course Sequence

Degree Pathway

Steps to Enroll

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid, Angelina College School Code: 006661

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